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Assassination of Labour Party Candidates: Dominant Parties Threatened By Third Force Says HURIWA

Assassination of Labour Party Candidates: Dominant Parties Threatened By Third Force Says HURIWA

By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja      

Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the assassination of two Labour Party candidates in Imo state and Women leader in Kaduna state within the space of four weeks.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said dominant parties and desperate politicians are now threatened by the bright chances of the Labour Party which it said is now unarguably Nigeria’s Third Force.

The Rights Group said the dominant and the so called mainstream political parties are scared stiff of the different credible opinion polls conducted by independent pollsters indicating the invincibility of the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate.

The group called on security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the heinous act and not sweep the political killings under the carpet as inaction may fuel more of this unpardonable and carnivorous act.

HURIWA has also criticised the heads of the security agencies for acting like collaborators and co-conspirators with these daredevil assassins and agents of blood cuddling political violence because these security forces pretend to be overwhelmed by the activities of these paid killers especially in Imo State and other South East states of Nigeria.

Recall that late November, the women leader of the Labour Party in the Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mrs Victoria Chimtex, was gruesomely assassinated by gunmen who invaded her residence at night and shot at her.

Barely three weeks after, just on Friday, the Labour Party House of Assembly candidate for Onuimo State Constituency, Mr Christopher Elehu was also assassinated by gunmen who shot at him repeatedly and burnt his house.

Sadly, their untimely deaths come three years after a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women leader, Salome Abuh, was shot and set ablaze at her residence in the Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.